8: True Religion in the Kingdom (Mt 6:1-18)
continues with the teachings on the mount. Based on the theme of the new order
of the Law, the Lord Jesus went on to teach the disciples and the crowd about
“…and your Father who sees in
secret will Himself reward you openly” (6:4,6,18).
Did You Know…?
Fast (6:16): As far as general
Jewish practice is concerned, the Day of Atonement is the only annual fast
referred to in the New Testament (see Acts 27:9). Some strict Pharisees fasted
every Monday and Thursday (see Lk. 18:12). Other
devout Jews, like Anna, might fast often. 7/419
As in the previous section,
record the recurring pattern and summarize the teachings in this section.
Based on the context of this
passage, define the term “hypocrites.”
If we are to do good deeds,
pray, and fast in secret, should we refrain from any of these things when there
are people around? Explain your answer.
1. Record the
themes in the Lord’s prayer.
2. Why is
addressing God as “our Father” significant?
3a. Hallowed be
3b. Your kingdom
3c. Do not lead
us into temptation:
4. How does the
teaching that we should not use vain repetitions in our prayers apply to us?
Does it mean that we should not make lengthy prayers or pray about the same
things more than once?
5. Is the Lord
teaching us to just recite the Lord’s prayer every
time we pray? How should the Lord’s prayer apply to
6. Note the use
of the words, “our” and “us” in the Lord’s prayer.
What does this teach us?
7. What is the
purpose of fasting?